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Are scholarships offered?

Yes, we have scholarships for both cosmetology and barbering. Email for more information.

What forms do I need to fill out to get started?

Click here to fill out our preliminary form and start your enrollment. Our admissions team will be in touch shortly to walk you through the rest of the process.

How do I book a tour with Ron King Academy?

An academy tour is your first step to a salon, spa or barbering career. Please contact us to book your tour by clicking here and filling out our form or call us at 512.596.5000.

How do I choose the right program?

We have three programs, which have some similarities and some differences. To help you find your perfect fit, we like to discuss where your interest, passion and creativity lies. Our admissions officers will ask questions and get to know you to determine if RKA is the right fit for you and which program would be best for you to enroll.

How long does it take to complete the cosmetology or barbering program?

Our cosmetology and barbering programs are designed for a full time student to finish the required 1500 hours in an 11-month time period. Courses run Tuesday through Saturday, totaling 33.5 hours, operating much like an actual salon, preparing you for your industry career.

Can I customize my program?

Of course! You will learn all the skills needed to pass the state boards but once you’re immersed in the program and you’ve found your areas of interest, you can customize your education with our honors program. Students at Ron King Academy will have an opportunity to take advanced classes in their chosen areas of interest. After taking the classes, showing mastery of the skills, and turning in all required projects, the student will be awarded an honors certificate in that area of study.

How often do new classes start?

We offer classes on a rotating schedule, with a new program starting continually throughout the year. Ron King Academy class schedules have been designed to help our students begin developing productive salon habits and building a business from the beginning of their education.


Is Ron King Academy accredited?

Yes! We are accredited through NAACAS (National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences).


2014 Annual Reports

Graduation Rate     89.80%
Placement Rate     88.37%
Licensure Rate     96.05%

The above information is Academy of Hair Design/Ron King Academy findings for the 2014 annual report, due November 30, 2015.

Do you accept FAFSA?

Yes, we accept government financial aid for students obtaining their training at our Academy. We recommend completing the FAFSA as soon as you are considering attending training. Be sure to include our school code, this allows us to advise you on eligibility and funds to attend our academy.

Our school code:  040375
NOTE: All FAFSA submissions are processed through our Parent Company “Academy of Hair Design”.
Therefore, when using the above school code, Academy of Hair Design will show as the designated campus.

How much is tuition for each program?

Costs for attending our training programs are listed below and are all-inclusive with your tuition, tool kit, books, registration fee, and student license fee.

Cosmetology Barber
Tuition $15,863 $12,660
Books and Tool Kit $2,237 $2,240
Application Fees $200 $200
Total $18,300 $15,100

Are any tools or supplies included with the tuition? 

You will receive a customized kit with professional-grade salon tools. Our kits are a point of pride, stocked with customized tools that will take you through the state boards and beyond.

Who can I reach out to with financial questions?

We understand that finances and tuition can be complicated at times, so we have a friendly and knowledgeable team who are here to answer all of your questions and walk you through the process until it is complete.  Please contact and we will set up an appointment.


Do you offer an advanced course or finishing program?

Yes. Once you are an alumni, you can always come back to freshen up your skills and learn new techniques. We provide preferential treatment to graduates and discounts depending on the class. To enroll in a class after graduation, please contact us here.

Do you help to place students after they graduate?

We are always networking with salons and barbershops throughout the area to help students find jobs upon graduation. We know that each salon has a different vibe and personality, and we work with students to fit them into the right location. To aid in their application process each student produces a portfolio and resume during their time at the Academy.

Do I need to take an exam to get my license?

Yes, Texas state law requires that all students take and pass their mandated state exam. To learn more about their requirements, click here.

Will I only be licensed in Texas?

Yes, each state has their own certification requirements. We prep students to pass the Texas exam, many states have a reciprocity process that allows Texas-licensed professionals to apply for a license in other states.  If you are planning to move out of state once you graduate, call or come in and we can walk you through that process.

About the Academy & Curriculum

Are there any additional Ron King Academy locations?

Ron King Academy was founded with the purpose of serving others here and abroad. The academy has an affiliated school in Rwanda, Africa, as well as another academy in Springfield, Missouri. We plan to continue to grow globally by building a network of schools in developing countries to empower people and give them hope.

What is the Summit program?

The Summit Salon Business Center is a program that teaches students business skills necessary for succeeding in owning and operating salons. Through Summit, you will learn how to increase your average ticket, reservations, add-on services and retail sales and learn other important ins and outs of the salon business.

Do you offer salon services?

Yes, we offer both salon and barbering services.

Will I get to work on real clients?  

Yes, in our student salon, you will work with real clients. This will help you learn how to conduct a proper consultation, develop skills and build a clientele.